A Top LA Realtor Tackles the St. Joseph Myth

    St. Joseph

    St. Joseph vs. Westlake Village Realtor

    It’s certainly no secret that the Southern California home owner—when ready to sell—will go to any lengths to make it happen. And, if the home doesn’t sell immediately, a realtor may often gently nudge and broaden a seller’s biased perspective, to help the sale.

    An article titled How Realtors Work puts it best:

    Most sellers grow accustomed to the eccentricities of their homes without realizing that a few simple improvements could drastically increase the marketability of their property. Sometimes it’s as simple as a fresh paint job, removing excess furniture and clutter, or tearing up carpet to reveal hardwood floors. Or a Realtor might suggest larger improvements — like renovating a kitchen or bathroom — that will considerably raise the value of the home.

    These practices are considered within the “norm” of what a realtor might do to help a home sell. However a less common practice—at least no realtor worth her salt will admit it–is the burying of a statue (upside down of course) of St. Joseph in your yard. It is supposed to be magical which is why myriads of people from all religious persuasions and various walks of life swear by it. In fact, one can even buy a kit online for this very purpose. But at the risk of offending, if you happen to catch your realtor digging up the garden patch to bury a statue, run really fast in the opposite direction.

    Instead, start out with an incredible Los Angeles realtor and there will be absolutely no need for a statue.

    ‘Digging’ Up the Truth About Real Estate Joe

    In case you insist on digging deeper, here it is.

    According to an article in Inman News, the origin of the St. Joe’s tradition is not known but there are many theories:

    The tradition has been going on for at least several hundred years. It’s not entirely clear how the practice of burying St. Joseph statues started. One tale suggests that nuns during the Middle Ages buried a St. Joseph medal and asked the saint to help them find land for a convent. Some believe German carpenters started the tradition centuries later by burying St. Joseph statues in the foundations of homes they built.

    Whatever its origins, according to the lore and several “successful” realtors, it works. One important warning though and of course I don’t say this with the least bit of jest, you must dig up “Joe” after your home sells and move it to your new home (as if it will miss you) in honor of the good fortune it brought you. So, excuse me for sounding smug but how does one honor a little statue? Do you pay it a commission? Do you feed it at Spago? Use it as a door stop?

    That part is also unclear.

    A Good Westlake Realtor: The Proof is in the Selling

    If you believe that a buried St. Joseph statue helped you sell your home, congratulations. But if you have just been given advice by a well-meaning neighbor on how to make your currently listed home sell faster, take heed. Before you run out and purchase your St. Joe idol on eBay, at least consider a different route.

    Choose the right realtor. It’s that simple. Choosing a reputable realtor is everything. No trickery, no folklore–the proof is in the selling…

    As a very active Westlake Village realtor, every home I list goes into escrow in days with multiple offers. So I ask you, is a St. Joseph statue really necessary?

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